BUSSMAN ASSISTS FORD's SAFETY PROGRAM

 

Bussmann® Helps Ford Implement Electrical Safety Program

ST. LOUIS-By March 31, 2003 all of the Ford Motor Company facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will have completed a safety upgrade to their electrical systems using current limiting fuses. The automaker has initiated a proactive program to enhance worker safety when working on electrical equipment.

"We have initial estimates that more than 100,000 current limiting devices will be needed to accomplish this fuse change out in more than 45 locations in North America," said Dave Vallier, District Sales Engineer, Cooper Bussmann. Cooper Bussmann products have been selected for this important safety enhancement.

The program not only includes the fuse change out initiative but a short circuit current study, arc flash hazard analysis, affixing safety labels to equipment, and providing safety training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers, as needed.

"Ford is very interested in protecting their workers," added Vallier. "They are going to reduce arc-flash energy as much as possible so workers are not exposed to electrical hazards of this type." By using current-limiting fuses in potential arc-flash situations the amount of electrical energy released is considerably less, thereby helping to reduce the risk of potential injury.

Mike Holt's Comment: Compliance with the new "110.16 Flash Protection" requirement added the 2002 NEC has really concerned me. I see tremendous liability if this rule is not properly complied. Bussmann approach (current limiting fuses in coordination with a short circuit current study, arc flash hazard analysis, with proper safety labels affixed on equipment, and providing safety training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers) makes total sense to me. For more information, contact: Susan Barron Manager, Advertising & Public Relations, 636-527-1642.

"110.16 Flash Protection. Switchboards, panelboards, industrial control panels, and motor control centers that are in other than dwelling occupancies and are likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized shall be field marked to warn qualified persons of potential electric arc flash hazards. The marking shall be located so as to be clearly visible to qualified persons before examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance of the equipment."

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